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BEAUTIFUL VALLE CRUCIS BUILT BY A WELSH PRINCE IN A VALE OF DENBIGHSHIRE

BEAUTIFUL VALLE CRUCIS BUILT BY A WELSH PRINCE IN A VALE OF DENBIGHSHIRE

About the year 1200 the prince of that part of Wales, which now includes Montgomery and part of Radnor, but was then the province of Powis, founded the abbey of Valle Crucis in a valley of Denbighshire above Llangollen. Everything is characteristic of the strict interpretation of the Cistercian rule which obtained where the monasteries remained poor and isolated without the temptation to elaborate ornament which riches obviously brought. There is much blank wall space and the windows are of the plain lancet kind. For although Valle Crucis was counted wealthy among Welsh monasteries, it was only valued at 188 by the royal commissioners, and so ended its life in the dissolution of the smaller religious houses about 1535.

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